Girlfriend and I were out on a date last night.
Yes it is possible to still have the warm fuzzies for each other after 35 years.
Neither one of us was in the mood for “fancy” so we opted for Country Kitchen. Our waitress’s name was Stormy. She had a great attitude, nothing flashy, just upbeat and pleasant, gave us the kind of attention that makes you want to leave a good tip.
I woke up this morning still thinking about Stormy’s attitude.
Because meeting someone with a good attitude is both rare and refreshing. Some of you reading this have one, which is why I love your blogs! 😉
While I’m not a motivational speaker, I have discovered a few things about attitudes that are operational in my life, the last blog post not withstanding.
Quick bunny trail – I am of the persuasion all of us sputter on occasion. Sputter as in getting into a funk. Nothing quicker than a health set back, to get my attention and see what I am really made of. Which is why I am not ashamed to ask for help when I need it.
90% 80% of the time I am Michael Jordan on the court of life. I can’t miss, but when that is not happening, I get quiet. But that ends up painting a sanitized version of my life.
It is not real.
And I LOVE real, which is how I want to live my life.
Paul the writer of several letters in the New Testament put it like this:
“For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound in any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance, and need.”
“I have learned….” He was talking about learning to have an attitude of contentment. At the time he wrote that, he was languishing in a jail.
Having raised 4 children on a carpenter’s income I can tell you, I have not always been content. We were paying more on rent than what mortgage payment would have been. It was driving me nuts. We were living in New Jersey when it came to a head. I was building new homes for people driving BMW’s and Mercedes. (At that time in history, there was no such thing as no down payment, you needed at least 5%). The churning discontent, and
frustration anger were wearing me out.
I chose to be thankful for what we had.
The anger dissipated.
Someone recommended Strengthening Your Grip and it changed the quality of my life.
Here is a portion:
“The longer I live,the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes,than what other people think of, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…. a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you..we are in charge of our attitudes.”
Here is the picture I’m currently sporting on our Facebook header. It speaks life to me. It was taken in Europe from the area my ancestors are from. (Ostfriesland, which translated literally means “the free lands”) I’ve written about it before -, powerful story.
Hope you have a great 2015! DM